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Ohio's Virtual Recovery Series: Healing Power of Art – Jan. 19

The Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities (OACBHA) Virtual Recovery Series will continue Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. with an art-based webinar featuring visual artist, activist, culture changer, and founder of the Returning Artists Guild Aimee Wissman. Aimee works as an arts administrator by day, is a student by night, and an artist all the time. Her work deals with the impacts and implications of incarceration, addiction, and societal infrastructure through material exploration and community action. Aimee will walk participants through her journey of using art to heal from her past traumas and addiction. She will also lead short interactive exercises to demonstrate the healing power of art.

Sponsored by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (OhioMHAS) and The Cardinal Health Foundation, the Virtual Recovery Series highlights important issues related to recovery from both mental illness and substance use disorder and provide opportunities for learning and connection for those in recovery, their loved ones, and behavioral health professionals. This webinar has been approved for continuing education credits for Ohio Certified Peer Recovery Supporters. Attendees will receive a certificate of completion following the event. CEs for other disciplines will not be provided.

MACC Cultural Conversations: African Americans and the COVID-19 Vaccine – Jan. 28

Multiethnic Advocates for Cultural Competence, Inc. (MACC) will host its next Cultural Conversation -- Just the Facts, You Decide: the COVID Vaccine and the African American Community on Jan. 28 from 6-8 p.m. The virtual presentation will feature the following panelists: Dr. Danielle Jackson, Yale School of Medicine; Dr. Frederic Bertley, president and CEO of COSI Columbus; Dr. Mysheika Roberts, Columbus health commissioner; and Dr. Karen Small, Wurapa Preventative Medicine. MACC Executive Director Tracy Maxwell Heard will serve as moderator. Panelists will provide a historical reflection explaining why African Americans have such a mistrust toward the healthcare system and then ask and answer all the questions on the table around the vaccine. Click HERE for more information and HERE to register.

Proposals Sought: Ohio's 2021 Opiate and Other Drugs Conference

OACBHA, in partnership with OhioMHAS, will host Ohio’s 2021 Opiate and Other Drugs Conference: Exploring Better Pathways for Care on May 11-13. This will be Ohio’s 11th annual Opiate Conference and its first ever virtual Opiate Conference experience. The conference will focus on opiates, stimulants, and other substance use disorders, and specifically highlight efforts related to prevention, education, intervention, treatment, recovery, family supports, community engagement, and more. OACBHA is currently accepting presentation proposals. To be considered, please complete the Call For Papers Form. Information on sponsorships, exhibitor opportunities, and individual registration will soon be available.

Peer Recovery Supporter Trainings for Women Ages 18-23

Moxie Girl is hosting a 40-hour online Peer Recovery Supporter Training for women ages 18-23. To attend, individuals must be in recovery from a mental health and/or substance use issue. Trainings, which are held on weekends from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., are scheduled for: Feb. 13-14, Feb. 20-21, Feb. 27-28, March 6-7, and March 13-14. For more information and to register, please contact Heather Moster: heather@moxiegirl.co.

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